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Two dead as Lebanon protests raise tensions

Two dead as Lebanon protests raise tensions
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Lebanon’s Shi’ite Amal group has called on its supporters to end violent protests that have left at least two people dead. One man was shot by soldiers during a demonstration against power cuts in Beirut. It is not clear yet how the other person died.

Several troops were wounded when demonstrators threw stones at security forces who were trying to break-up the protests in a southern area of the city. Large crowds had blocked the roads with burning tyres.

The Amal movement is part of a pro-Syrian opposition alliance that has been locked in a power struggle for more than a year with the Western-backed anti-Syrian government. Its leadership said it had no link to the disturbances and urged those involved to come off the streets.

Despite the appeal for calm it is feared the killings will re-intensify political tensions within the country.